Teacher ac­quit­ted of rape, re­ar­rested

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

An Arkansas sub­sti­tute teacher ac­quit­ted of a rape ac­cu­sa­tion in­volv­ing a teen boy awaits for­mal charges as part of a re­lated case in an­other ju­ris­dic­tion.

Ju­rors in Craig­head County Cir­cuit Court on Thurs­day found Latasha Schoolfield not guilty of rape re­lated to a re­port she had sex with a 13-year-old boy at a Jones­boro mo­tel.

The teen told an Arkansas State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor Schoolfield had sex with him at a Mo­tel 6 and “three to five” times in his bed­room at his house, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

Schoolfield was ar­rested again Thurs­day within hours of the ac­quit­tal as part of a war­rant on four counts of rape in­volv­ing the same teen, that time in the Car­away ju­ris­dic­tion, Craig­head County Sheriff’s Of­fice Capt. Justin Rol­land said.

A Jones­boro Po­lice Depart­ment re­port listed Schoolfield as a sub­sti­tute teacher at the River­side School Dis­trict.

That School Dis­trict en­com­passes Car­away, a town of about 1,270 res­i­dents nearly 30 miles east of Jones­boro in Craig­head County.

Schoolfield is set to ap­pear Mon­day in Craig­head County Dis­trict Court for ar­raign­ment on the lat­est rape charges.

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